9/11 Memorial

One of the places I’ve been wanting to visit on one of my trips to New York has been to the 9/11 Memorial Site.  You have to reserve visitor passes to visit the site and I didn’t manage to get a ticket on my previous trip before the holidays. Openings are plentiful these days and reservations are quite easy to come by.

I remember seeing Ground Zero from my hotel a few years back and it was just sobering to see the large space that once occupied the twin towers.  The 9/11 Memorial now contains two enormous waterfalls and reflecting pools, each about an acre in size, set within the footprints of the original twin towers.  Around each of the waterfalls/reflecting pools are bronze parapets with the names of the people who gave their lives on 9/11 etched in the bronze.  The waterfalls feed into the reflecting pool with a continuous stream of water into the abyss.  The mood of the memorial site is one of loss surrounded by renewed growth and hope.

The image I captured her of the site is looking across one of the waterfall/reflecting pools toward the Freedom Tower which stands over and to the left of the Museum Pavilion.  In order to capture the waterfall reflecting pool I had to blend 3 images to get the exposure correct.  I hope I did the memorial justice with this image.

9/11 Memorial
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Capture Notes:

  • You most definitely did the memorial justice Rick! Well done buddy, this is beautiful.

  • Great image Rick. Love the exposure and the light just about perfect. Despite my being a few hours away from the memorial, I haven’t been there. I am not sure why but maybe it’s because I commuted through the World Trade Center for 5 years.

    • Len, I had no idea you used to commute there. It would be tough for me to go there if that was a part of my life for so long.

  • Excellent image and post Rick! I like how you included a piece of the names from the memorial in the foreground! Well done!

  • very cool shot Rick, great use of the light!

  • Fantastic POV Rick. Love how you included the names in the foreground. Great job!

  • Excellent POV Rick. I’ll be in New York in March and I’m hoping to get down to the memorial.

  • Great shot and one you don’t see too often. Good stuff, Rick!

  • Rick,

    You did it justice. A powerful story.

  • Outstanding shot, you really did this very nicely, Rick. Great job, man.

  • This is an emotionally charged image as a result of the way you’ve included some of the names who lost their lives on that day. That adds so much more to this image. The POV is powerful and the image works so well. A really great piece of imaging, Rick.

  • Well done on both the words and the image.

  • Hi – wonderful picture. Was it difficult to get their permission to use the photo for commercial purposes? I know that, as it’s a private site, commercial photography is not allowed without permission and i wondered how tricky it was to get access.

    • I’ve never commissioned this photo commercially.